Title: A Little Princess
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Pages: 242 Pages
Publisher: Puffin In Bloom
Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary or Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. Ho this resourceful girl’s fortunes change again is at the centre of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature.
In my quest to read the Puffin in Bloom series last year, I found a new love for children’s classics. A Little Princess was no exception. Now, for reasons of full disclosure, I used to be terrified of A Little Princess. When I was really little we had a video tape of the Shirley Temple black and white version of the movie and it scared the be-jesus out of me. I was that scared that I made my mum tape over it. For the past few years I have scoffed at my own silliness but then recently my 4 year old niece had to throw my Amazon Echo in the bin because she was scared of Alexa (it was in a plastic bag and we fished it out afterwards). It just goes to show that we can’t always be in control of the things that scare us.
Anyway, back to A Little Princess. It is absolutely charming. The story of Sara Crewe, her rise and fall yet her total grasp of dignity and class. It is heart-warming to the very end. Frances Hodgson Burnett really did write a winner with A Little Princess. I don’t think I will be watching the movie any time soon but I would definitely give the book a re-read.
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